Megacities from the Global South and their responses to Climate Change

Authors: Arun Tripathi*, University of Delhi
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Global Change, Third World
Keywords: Global South, Climate Change, Urban spaces, Climate Action
Session Type: Paper
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Megacities in Global South are source of activities and behaviours that significantly contribute to climate change. It is most likely that it is these urban centers in Global South that are most vulnerable to slow as well as sudden-onset climate change phenomenon. These urban spaces are also widely recognized to potential hub of behavioural, economic, and technological innovations to address climate change at a local, national and global scale. This paper seeks to explore the ways in which urban politics and governance structures in megacities of Global South shape responses of these cities to climate change adaptation and mitigation; given the influence in national economy how these cities impact national climate action; whether or not climate actions in megacities are inspired by global climate change agenda or localized factors and; how the climate action in these urban spaces contribute to and influence global climate change agenda. The paper will be based on experiences from metropolitan cities in the Global South in an attempt to map spatial variation in responses to climate change, explaining the underlying socio-political factors that manifest as varied responses to similar challenges, and the ways in which these responses impact national and global climate change discourse and actions.

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